The Peace Lily which has the botanical name Spathiphyllum is an evergreen indoor plant that is admired for its abundant, dark green leaves and contrasting white flowers. The effect is stunning and surprisingly easy and simple to accomplish. The leaves are almost oval in shape and the flowers normally bloom in spring, sometimes more often and in some cases, apparently never.
This video goes over the basics of the benefits of keeping a peace lily alive in indoor conditions.
How much Light does The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Need?
The answer is surpisingly little. The Peace Lily thrives in an environment where it can access filtered natural sunlight (medium to low)- direct light will burn its beautiful foliage. However, it will also grow in an office with unnatural lighting but filtered natural light is its first preference.
Water and Nutrients
The Spathiphyllum needs very little water but regular misting as it is meant for a humid environment. You need a high quality soil, rich in nutrients and moist but never soggy as this will cause the roots to rot. Always allow the soil to get dry between watering...the leaves will communicate with you by slightly drooping: water immediately. You will get in synch with its unique biorhythm. They are sensitive to the chlorine in the water, so preferably use pure water. It needs very little fertilizer and if so, choose an organic one as the chemical fertilizers can very easily damage its root system.
Transplanting your Spathiphyllum
It is recommended that every year in Spring you transplant your Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) into a new and bigger pot although you will very rarely need a pot larger than ten inches. When transplanting, see that you have well drained and high quality soil and you won't go wrong.
Will it Attract Pests?
It will not attract many pests if you keep misting it with a spray bottle and occasionally wiping it down with some soapy water. Some even say that spraying it with diluted milk or coffee will deter any pests as they are natural insecticides and safe for indoor usage.
What Else does the Peace Lily Need to Grow?
The Spathiphyllum is a very easy going plant and will grow pretty much in spite of you, however, if you want a beautiful plant with glowing leaves - take good care of it. Last and fast tip: in order to ensure flowers every year when it is blooming time...give it a tablespoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and some organic fertilizer once a month.
We've put together some of our favorite pots for your indoor plants. All of which you can purchase online View them here.
Other Plants You'll Like:
If you are interested in peace lily you might also like: spider plant, cast iron plant, Chinese Evergreen, snake plant, Elephant ear philodendron. All low maintenance plants great for any indoor conditions.